What It’s Like To Fly America’s Best
“To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse.” ~Rawsi Williams, RN
Miss Colorado 2015, Kelley Johnson, is responsible for one of the most memorable performances at a Miss America pageant, ever.
Like a lot of Flight Safety Network members, I swelled with pride watching her skip the traditional song and dance, and go right to heart of nursing in her pageant monologue.
Miss Johnson gets it.
Miss Johnson knows what it means to serve.
Miss Johnson knows what it means to give.
Miss Johnson is a nurse.
A Team Like No Other Teams
For the record, I am not a nurse.
But I do contribute to flight nursing in my own way. I am part of the team.
I am part of a three person air medical flight crew team consisting of one flight nurse, one flight paramedic, and one Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) pilot.
The flight team is the visible hand of a much bigger team.
The flight crew is the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” you see above the water.
The rest of the team, the people who really make air medical safe for everyone – the “iceberg below the water,” part of the team – is what we collectively call Emergency Medical Services Flight Safety Network.
The EMS Flight Safety Network Team is all the people who keep flight crews safe:
- EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
- Nurses, Pilots, Landing Zone Officers,
- Flight Communication Specialists, Dispatchers
- Firefighters, Volunteers, Police, Respiratory Therapists,
- Emergency Staff, Specialty Transport Teams, Hospital Security,
- Trauma Doctors, Mechanics – and last but not least – The family and friends who support these professionals
The View Without a Clue
I think it’s safe to say the hosts of “The View” had no idea how many professionals they offended with their disparaging comments about nursing.
Clearly, they have no idea what it’s like to watch a professional nurse at work.
–They’ve never held hands in a prayer circle with the family of a trauma patient who asks you, your nurse, and your paramedic partners to join him and his extended family as they pray for the life of their loved one.
–They’ve never watched a nurse bring an unresponsive child back to life right in front of your eyes. –Remember, there are no doctors at the accident scenes of car crashes.
No, The View hosts have never watched a nurse explain to a young mother the reason why we’re not going to fly her 3-year old girl in the helicopter….and how her little girl already has her wings.
No, the hosts of the view don’t know any of that.
The hosts of “The View” have no idea how many they offended with their unkind words.
I won’t waste any more time bringing attention to a show I do not support. My only two comments for the hosts of the view:
- Your actions and comments speak loudly and clearly
- When you take cheap shots at nurses, you’re messing with the whole EMS & Air Medical “trailer park” – Not a very smart idea
The Light Bulb Goes On
I fretted over this blog post more than any I’ve written in a long while. Afraid I wouldn’t find the right words to do my teammates – all flight nurses and flight medics (all medical and aviation professionals) – the credit they deserve.
And then the light bulb went on….
I don’t have to find the right words. I already have them.
Where are the words?
With the same team I’ve leaned on for most of my adult life – The EMS Flight Safety Network Team.
Here are real Flight Nurse comments from the Emergency Medical Services Flight Safety Network facebook page:
Brittany Dawn Ashley writes:
Dear Joy Behar and the other women on The View:
“I am a flight nurse. I carry my “doctor stethoscope” in the lower leg pocket of my flight suit. Heaven forbid you or any of your loved ones are ever in an emergency situation requiring an air lift. But if you are, you will be more than happy to see myself or another flight nurse or medic with our “doctor stethoscope”.
Because there aren’t any doctors in many areas where we work. And a nurse or medic with a “doctor stethoscope” just might be the one who saves your life. There aren’t any doctors on the side of the interstate where a multi-car accident has just occurred. There aren’t any doctors in a field beside the river, where I’ve been called to a jet ski accident. There aren’t any doctors in the back of ambulances.
Yes, doctors are a phone call away from me; but they aren’t there with me to actually see, touch, and listen to my patient. I’m not a doctor, I’m just a nurse…..but before you mock Miss Colorado (and all nurses essentially) just know that I am trained to use my stethoscope and in doing so, could save your life. I am by no means saying I’m the best…. I work with some extremely amazing flight nurses and medics. Just wanted to share the day to day reality of our job in regards to the inconsiderate, uneducated comments made on The View.”
Nobody says it better than real nurses.
Here is your chance to support the EMS Flight Safety Net Team. Your support of nurses is important.
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They’ve absolutely earned it!